YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A Downing Drive fast-food restaurant recently raised $600 for a local charity by holding a one-night event this past holiday season.
The Burger King restaurant at 385 Downing Drive ran the “Dining to Donate” event on Dec. 16 to support Yorktown Community Help, a local food pantry, according to a joint statement from the restaurant chain and the nonprofit.
“As a business owner in the community, I feel it is important to give back to the community that we do business in,” said Peg Caniff, a Burger King franchisee, in the statement. “We need the support of the community to stay in business and we also need to show our support to those in need. We thank you for the opportunity to give back to those in need.”
A volunteer operation, Yorktown Community Help relies on local businesses, churches, organizations and people for food and monetary support and community service time, according to the statement.
The organization's leadership said they were grateful for Burger King's support.
“Yorktown Community Help would like to thank the management of our local Burger King for their successful promotion to benefit the food pantry,” David Humphrey, one of the organization’s directors said, adding that the $600 donation came from 20 percent of the business’ sales, a collection box near the registers and more than 100 pounds in donated canned goods.
“The spirit of giving during the holiday season is always heartwarming, but a program like this can help fund our efforts well into the new year,” Humphrey said.
Yorktown Community Help, the oldest, continuously operating food pantry in the town, can be reached at 914-962-1144.